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French:
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Agent Smirnoff Wants to improve their french up to about AS level .

TheRealDarthVader - Beginner

Bouchra - Beginner - wants to improve her french.

Hamatouri got an A* at GCSE, wants to continue improving.

Instincts_2012 - wants help for his GCSE french speaking.

kingaaran - Going towards GCSE

hessajee - Going towards GCSE level at uni

diversrock - Standard Grade = 1 (GCSE equivalent) (3 years ago)

SantiCazorla - IGCSE

danielat998 - GCSE

Marianufc - GCSE

R2497 - GCSE

lil-mazie - GCSE

k9markiii - GCSE

multiplexing-gamer - GCSE

Habaz - GCSE

SpiritedAway - GCSE

Ivanka - GCSE

BarneyArr - GCSE

Dougieowner - GCSE

najabri - GCSE

AlphaWolfZ - IGCSE

Mieka - B1 level

benster2467 - wants to practice for AS speaking exam

Em S - starting AS level

Blob2491 - studying at AS level

francaisoui31220 - AS level

LethalBeans - AS level

Dwi3774 - AS level

Kalapatato - AS level

forest3261 - AS level

Toaster999 - AS level

Refrigerator - AS level

resentment. AS level

liviluck - AS level

thefunktopus69 - AS level

JOR2010 - AS level

Retro.spex - AS level

Trottoir - Starting A2 wants to practice and improve

Student96 - A2 level

emzaz - Got an A at A level.

flyylikejetz - A2 level, wants to practise speaking

Xx.MissEG.xX - A2 level (above 90%)

VoguerClass - A2 level

RichyFrench - A2 level

greengables - A2 level

knit-knots - A2 level

Clementine. - A2 level

Bun - A2 level

xKINGxHAZAx - A2 level

fait - A2 equivalent (studying a module at uni)- wants to practice speaking

KatieKate - A2 level

NothingCrushesUs - A2 level, happy to help with and also wants to practice.

RyanAntony - A2 level

jtrunks - A2 level

Maybenexttime - A2 level (B2)

ILovePancakes - IB Level

Lia. - B2 level

White.Rose. - B2 level

jiayi930829 - Intermediate level french - wants to practice.

Modestmouse - C1 level

SiaSiaSia - got an A* at A level and has been living in france for 2 months

sunfowers01 - wants to practice at university level

alexcs - first year of uni

Alouette! - studying at uni

paul_blakeman - studying at uni and lived there during the summer

jonnythemoose - undergrad, studying at uni.

omgnvq - second year of uni

manutd17 - Doing french at uni and taking a year out next year to go to france.

p+i+n+k - fluent

skrips - fluent

snawkie - fluent, doing A2

frenchy anderson - Native

laliloulila - Native

princecaspian - Native

Tom_Sg - Native

Le Récamier - Native

littlepotatoe - Native

AnyoneOutThere - Native and does A2 french AQA

Scout. - Native and also studying it as part of degree

lizfairy - Studied for one year

KFisch - French 4 in USA


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Agent Smirnoff - Wants to learn basic German.

GabrieleAbate - Wants to learn basic German.

whyeverynameisus - Wants to learn basic German.

xmarilynx - Beginner

TheRealDarthVader - Beginner

SantiCazorla - GCSE

21stcenturyphantom - GCSE

R2497 - GCSE

Oxford_Funk - GCSE

najabri - GCSE

Dominicoben - between GCSE and AS level

horbas - IB, SL

GingerGoat - Intermediate

Em S - starting AS level

peaaceandl0ve - studying AS level

Nivarka - AS level

mollyx - AS level

Toaster999 - AS level

JOR2010 - AS level

DannyW94 - AS and A2, wants to practice

Eileen_ - B2 level

eatonalex - A2 level

mollyx - A2 level

izzii - A2 level

Octopus_Garden - Taking A2 German AQA

Ray.L - A2 level

ChrisRawlings - A2 level

snawkie - A2 level

fortunecookie - A2 level

supernova92 - A2 level

cantreadcaptchas - A2 level

bun - A2 level

hannah721 - A2 level (AQA)

bclarkeyy28- A2 level

rachbeanz - A2 level, wants to practice.

Aemiliana - Did A2, wants to keep the skill going

yabbayabba - got an A at A level

alexcs - first year of uni

Alouette! - studying at uni

SpiritedAway - undergrad/university

jonnythemoose - undergrad, studying at uni.

omgnvq - second year of uni

Bobo1234 - second year of uni

Modestmouse - third year of uni

Mieka - C1 level

RichyFrench - third year of uni and spent some time in Germany

jakemittle - Advanced (working in Germany) and Beginner at Austrian Dialect.

Pandabär - has lived in germany for several years

hannah_dru - wants to stay fluent

muffingg - fluent/grew up there. Got an A* at A level

skrips - fluent

Lia. - Native

darkexpression - Native

jaklargerne - Native

Seventh Seal - Native

German_Saskia - Native

mk85 - Native (Austrian)


Spanish:
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fishandchips92 - Wants to learn basic Spanish

Agent Smirnoff - Wants to learn basic Spanish

hasan4life - Wants to learn Spanish

mollyx - Wants to learn Spanish

Darloman - Beginner A1

TheRealDarthVader - Beginner

THESHade - Beginner

RichyFrench - Beginner

tite23 - Beginner

Oscar(/•_•)/ - Beginner

jtrunks - Beginner

hannahtriz - Refresher needed

21stcenturyphantom - GCSE

R2497 - GCSE

Dougieowner - GCSE

CandyFlipper - Intermediate

rackethead - Intermediate (2nd year uni)

sixdaysinthesun - equivalent to GCSE, studied in USA

danielat998 - A2/B1 level

Lia. - B1 level

Bissy - AS level

akemikat - studying AS level

Buongiorno - AS level

benster2467 - wants to practice for AS speaking exam

rachbeanz

liviluck - AS level

Sem193 - AS level.

ssss - AS level

stevop21 - AS level

SweetchiiK - wants to practice AS level

Bobo1234 - A2 level, a little rusty

hotliketea - A2 level (WJEC board)

jackberry96 - A2 level (will continue at university)

Melissaa_x3 - A2 level

DomStaff - A2 level (A* in one year)

VoguerClass - A2 level

LaEstrella - A2 level

Xx.MissEG.xX - A2 level (above 90%)

desibarbie04 - A2 level

Purple Giraffe - A2 level

danrw4 - A2 level

Ivanka- A2 level

Birkatron - A2 level and wants to practice AS level too.

ChrisRawlings - A2 level

knit-knots - A2 level

KatieKate - A2 level

itchy and scratchy - A2 level

S_123 - A2 level

diversrock - taking Ab Initio through the IB

sunfowers01 - wants to practice at university level.

Alouette! - studying at uni

Tom_Sg

asparkyn - C1 level

ILovePancakes - Native

SharkOfMirkwood - Native & done A2

castelo - Native (NW Spain)

xerox_04 - Native

ggonzalez - Native

p+i+n+k - Native

tajmahal - Native and done A2 Edexcel

Jrgndk - Native

jonnythemoose - Native, lived there ***Mexican Spanish***

PabloArenas - Native (México)

Lomo_gurl - from Panama, very willing to help out


Other Languages:
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Arabic:
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diversrock - Beginner

GingerGoat - Beginner

TimmyTurner93 - Basic

KythingToWrite - learning GCSE

BouchraIntermediate speaker

HanaKimi - fluent (and got an A* at gcse)

Ivanka - Passive Knowledge


British Sign-Language:
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TheRealDarthVader - Beginner

kat_allen - Beginner

ChrisRawlings : level 1


Czech:
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mrs_bellamy - beginner

Ivanka - fluent/native


Chinese:
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x-Saffire-x - Beginner

magnetite - Basic Mandarin

whyeverynameisus - Mandarin Chinese, advanced.

caiitlinz - mandarin chinese - equivalent to A2.

Le Récamier - Upper intermediate/living in Beijing.

Demi-Jane - Mandarin Chinese, fluent.

jiayi930829 - Fluent in Mandarin

UsefulLipids - Native in Mandarin

whyeverynameisus - Cantonese Chinese, fluent.


Dutch:
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k9markiii - Wants to learn Dutch

TheRealDarthVader - Beginner

xmarilynx - GCSE level

omgnvq - second year of uni

Eileen_ - Native

Mieka - Native


English:
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GabrieleAbate - Wants help improving their english

Anastasia_01 - Wants help improving their english

xerox_04 - Wants help improving their english

rabbit99 - Wants help improving their english

German_Saskia - Wants help improving their english

Jrgndk - Wants help improving their english

geneticist - Upper intermediate/lower advanced

JOR2010 - C2 level

magnetite - Fluent

NothingCrushesUs - Fluent

TheQuietOne - Fluent

skrips - fluent in British English

francaisoui31220 - Native

TimmyTurner93 - Native

Em S - Native

Maybenexttime - Native

diversrock - Native

White.Rose. - Native

UsefulLipids - Native

KFisch - Native (American English)


Gaelic:
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diversrock - Native


Greek (Modern):
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NothingCrushesUs - basically fluent (spoken at home) - happy to help people with.


Hungarian:
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TheQuietOne - A1 level currently. Self-teaching. Hoping to find someone to practice with. Happy to help teach English in return (fluent)


Italian:
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jtrunks - Beginner

Infinity_4652 - Beginner

Lia. - Beginner (A1/A2 level)

jakemittle Beginner - wants to improve

HanaKimi - Self teaching, wants to improve.

lizfairy - Studied for two years

ChrisRawlings - GCSE

Dominicoben - GCSE

JOR2010 - C1 level with Bolognese dialect (born in Italy)

frideos - Native

GabrieleAbate - Native



Korean:
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Le Récamier - elementary level

Dominicoben - beginner

HanaKimi - Self teaching, wants to improve.


Japanese:
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TimmyTurner93 - Beginner but can read both kana

Ivanka - Beginner

whyeverynameisus - Beginner

Dominicoben - GCSE

Le Récamier - Intermediate Level

UsefulLipids - Intermediate Level 2


Norwegian:
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danielat998 - B2 level


Polish:
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hessajee - Beginner

NoHejOlka - Native (A* at GCSE, 100% at AS Level)


Portuguese:
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Brazillian Portuguese
TimmyTurner93 - Above beginner but not quite intermediate

CandyCandy - fluent (would also like to improve their english)

European Portuguese
VoguerClass - Beginner

CandyFlipper - Beginner

GabrieleAbate - Beginner

Rishz - intermediate

Dominicoben - GCSE (B1/B2 possibly?)

ussumane - fluent

katyness - fluent


Romanian:
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alunaverde - Native


Russian:
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Tesphen - Beginnner

The_Last_Melon - Beginner

Anastasia_01 - Native


Swahili:
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Swedish:
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hessajee - Beginner

darkexpression - Beginner


Welsh:
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BarneyArr - wants to learn more - currently at a basic level.

danielat998 - Native


Miscellaneous:
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mayrin - Thai Native

tite23 - Latin beginner

Darth_Newdar - Would like to practice Latin

jismith1989 - Latin and Ancient Greek help with written

najabri - GCSE Latin

Planar - AS level Latin

To Sign Up:
Post the language/languages you want to practice, your level e.g. AS level and I'll add you to the list! If you're fluent/grew up there/speak it at home/etc please say so too Then PM those on the list for their Skype name - simple. If you want a language added just say, sign language and dead/classical languages etc are fine too

NB: For languages with regional variations or different dialects e.g. Canadian French vs French from France and Mexican Spanish vs European Spanish etc STATE WHICH TYPE!


IMPORTANT: If your language level is increasing e.g. continuing GCSE French to as level or if you no longer want to be on the list then post in this thread!

Guide to translating between the european framework into GCSE/A Level type qualification-ness
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(Original post by Modestmouse)
C1 is advanced or fluency I guess. The scale goes from A1 (beginner) to C2 (mastery). Roughly I'd say it's like this:

A1
A2 (=GCSE)
B1 (=AS levels)
B2 (around A2 levels)
C1 (level you should be after a year abroad)
C2 (mastery of language)

This is only a rough chart. I'd imagine a lot of people with an A-level in a language would struggle with the B2 exam.

The C1 equivalent exam in Germany (Test DaF) is a very trying exam and takes a lot of training (and for the candidate to be very well-rounded).


P.S. A HUGE thank you to
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Instincts_2012 for making the list so much neater! They're highly deserving of rep and as I can't give them more today I would be grateful if other people would! They've made a huge contribution! Also, Modestmouse is another repworthy person for translating the european language thingy into english qualifications. Thanks to Xurvi for improving the list format too and offering suggestions. And thank you to the people who keep signing up and using the thread!


emzaz: "Why I made this thread? Well, if you've bothered to read this far, some actual text that isn't spoilered won't phase you so....
Once upon a time I was thinking how important it is to actually practice speaking rather than just write out notes etc and how boring/slightly unstable it is to sit all day talking to yourself so I thought I would create a thread where members of TSR who want to practice for their speaking exams can talk on Skype!
I hope it's worked The end ^_^"
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liviluck
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I would be interested in French and Spanish, but not through video call, just standard skype call! Good idea .
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I would be interested in French and Spanish, but not through video call, just standard skype call! Good idea .
Heya, yeah I was just thinking normal call too ^_^ Can I write you on the list? If so then what level are you?

I really hope more people post! I think it could be really good!
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Heya, yeah I was just thinking normal call too ^_^ Can I write you on the list? If so then what level are you?

I really hope more people post! I think it could be really good!
Sure I'm doing AS level French and AS level Spanish. I plan to continue them both to A2 . Are you AS level or A2?
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Sure I'm doing AS level French and AS level Spanish. I plan to continue them both to A2 . Are you AS level or A2?
Heya, I'm doing A2 but I'm also resitting the speaking exam to boost my UMS marks (need to get an A this year overall you see)
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Heya, I'm doing A2 but I'm also resitting the speaking exam to boost my UMS marks (need to get an A this year overall you see)
Ah ok, good luck ! I have my French AS Oral tomorrow and my Spanish next Monday so am very nervous!
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Ah ok, good luck ! I have my French AS Oral tomorrow and my Spanish next Monday so am very nervous!
Awww, good luck! It's a shame your spanish and your french weren't switched or we could have gone on skype but I only did spanish for half a year and then dropped it hahah! Try not to be nervous - it's only a chat with a random middle aged woman/man :P That's how I try and think of it anyways! Good luck!
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Awww, good luck! It's a shame your spanish and your french weren't switched or we could have gone on skype but I only did spanish for half a year and then dropped it hahah! Try not to be nervous - it's only a chat with a random middle aged woman/man :P That's how I try and think of it anyways! Good luck!
Haha, thanks, that's actually made me feel a lot better , will just go in with that image!
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Hey this is a great idea. Can I be up for French (GCSE level) and German (undergrad level)
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French GCSE but im really bad havnt done it for 2 years :P
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Hey this is a great idea. Can I be up for French (GCSE level) and German (undergrad level)
Great! I've put you on the list ^_^ Try and encourage other people to sign up too I've tried posting on threads where people are asking for help on their speaking exams but I probably just look like I'm spamming the thread hahahah!
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brilliant idea! speaking exams coming up eek... put me up for AS level Spanish (and 1st Language Spanish GCSE) (I need to practice too so this works both ways!)
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brilliant idea! speaking exams coming up eek... put me up for AS level Spanish (and 1st Language Spanish GCSE) (I need to practice too so this works both ways!)
Yayyy! Lots of people woop woop! Hahah! I wish there was more french exam types! So far it's only the spanish and german lot mainly :P

Spread the word around - that way there'll be lots of people to practice with ^_^

I'll add you now
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Yayyy! Lots of people woop woop! Hahah! I wish there was more french exam types! So far it's only the spanish and german lot mainly :P

Spread the word around - that way there'll be lots of people to practice with ^_^

I'll add you now
Okie dokely you never know, more could turn up out of the woodwork
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Okie dokely you never know, more could turn up out of the woodwork
Hahah! Lets hope so!
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Hey, I'm currently doing Spanish and French A2, would love to practise speaking the languages with a fellow prolific learner. =]
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I'm doing Spanish AS! This is a good idea!
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I'd be interested in Mandarin Chinese I'm at AH Level at the moment, equivalent to A2.
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I would sign up, but my Spanish AS is this Friday!
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I'm a little sceptical.

It's a good idea on paper, but what do you expect to learn if you're speaking with people of your level or not-so-better than you? There are no fluent people in your list as far as I'm aware, and I'm afraid one would get used to do errors because of this.

Even on TSR sometimes people reply in a thread and all seem to agree on the translation or grammar one has posted, despite it being sometimes *very* wrong.

So I guess you'd need fluent people to talk to you? But then it takes time to correct someone decently. I remember spending sometimes one hour or more to check some text that was submitted here, because I had to make sure I was correct, I had to understand the grammar behind it (because I speak correctly by habit but there are loads of rules I forgot), and then I had to explain it in a clear, concise and educational way.

While the learner is happy to spend this time on learning, I know that I'd much rather revise my Japanese for my test tomorrow than "waste" time teaching. Writing is fine, I write when I can and I'm not asked to always check everything that people ask on this subforum (thank god) but speaking suggests similar availability (hai timezones, good thing we're almost all GMT or GMT+1) of both the learner and the teacher.

Then again, I've been told I was being overly negative during the last two days. What I think is severly lacking anyway is: fluent people/natives, availability of the members. The ideal case would be that couples emerge: ie if one is to be taught French by a French person, they should return the favour by teaching English or whatever language they're fluent in. So we have a real interaction and both get something out of it.
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